A fortnight ago, adventurers began their quest full of dragons, gods and magic and delved into the enchanting world of Wyrd & Wonder…
This is my first time participating and so far, my journey is going pretty well. I finished two books: Into the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, a sapphic retelling of Beauty and the Beast with dragons, and David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyie Davis Okungbowa, a book about a demi-god chasing spirits for a living.
So far, I didn’t have the best of luck with my books, they weren’t bad but they both left me a bit underwhelmed. I was starting to regret my selection of books until I picked up my current read: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.
I’m not very far in (only 15%) but, I’m currently loving it. The prose is lush and wonderful, I want to write down a lot of quotes and I found myself rereading certain paragraphs because I love the writing.
This book feels so cozy and comforting, like a warm blanket in the depth of winter. It’s a story about stories and I think most book lovers would like it. I don’t want to jinx myself but that might be a five stars read. I have a feeling it’s not going to disappoint!
Here is a paragraph I really loved:
“Those of you who are more than casually familiar with books — those of you who spend your free afternoons in fusty bookshops, who offer furtive, kindly strokes along the spines of familiar titles — understand that page riffling is an essential element in the process of introducing oneself to a new book. It isn’t about reading the words; it’s about reading the smell, which wafts from the pages in a cloud of dust and wood pulp. It might smell expensive and well bound, or it might smell of tissue-thin paper and blurred two-colour prints, or of fifty years unread in the home of a tobacco-smoking old man. Books can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship, or literary weight or unsolved mysteries.”
Alix E. Harrow – The Ten Thousand Doors of January
After The Ten Thousand Doors, I will probably read In The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang. Writing the reviews of the first and second Tensorate novellas reminded me how much I love the series!
Are you participating in Wyrd & Wonder as well? What are you currently reading? I’m having so much fun seeing a lot of W&W posts! 😀